Trikes may be better for stability for new riders.
There are various types of motorcycles sold commercially, including motorcycle trikes. These motorcycles, unlike regular bikes, comprise three wheels rather than two. An extra wheel is added at the rear of the motorcycle, which resembles the configuration of a child’s tricycle. Trikes are useful to accommodate two people and as well as for luggage capacity. Although you can purchase trikes, they may be more costly than converting your original motorcycle into a trike. With some tools and the right procedure, building a trike is a relatively simple task.
1. Lift the motorcycle off the ground by propping it up on a jack lift.
2. Loosen the castle nuts from the rear axle on both sides of the back tire. Use a crescent wrench to remove the nuts.
3. Move the wheel forward and slide the chain off the sprocket. Remove the rear wheel completely by pulling it free from the swing arm.
4. Determine the size of the desired trike’s rear by measuring the length of your bike and dividing by two.
5. Measure the length of the axle on the rear end of the bike. Subtract the length of the current axle from the length obtained in Step 4. This will give you the measurement of the steel rod that must be added to the axle.
6. Divide the acquired final result in Step 5 in two. This allows you to add an equal amount of steel rod on each side of the axle.
7. Cut two steel rods that are approximately the same thickness as the existing axle into the acquired measurements. Ensure that the cuts are square rather than at an angle.
8. Connect each steel rod on the side of the existing axle. Weld the steel rods to the axle with an arc welder.
9. Attach the wheel hubs to the new axle. Weld the hubs to the axle with the arc welder.
10. Connect the new axles to the swing arm. Reattach the axle in reverse order of removal. Re-install the chain in its sprocket and tighten the castle nuts.
11. Attach the new trailer wheels to the hubs. Tighten the lug nuts to secure the wheels to their designated hubs.